rep·​li·​ca ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio)
: an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist
a replica of this was painted … this yearConstance Strachey
: a copy exact in all details
DNA makes a replica of itself
sailed a replica of the Viking ship
broadly : copy
this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb G. F. Kennan
Choose the Right Synonym for replica

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another.

reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing.

reproductions from the museum's furniture collection

duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing.

a duplicate of a house key

copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically.

printed 1000 copies of the lithograph

facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale.

a facsimile of a rare book

replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details

a replica of the Mayflower

but not always in the same scale.

miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.
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Word History


borrowed from Italian, "repetition, reply, copy of a work of art," noun derivative of replicare "to repeat, reply," borrowed from Latin replicāre "to turn back on itself, bend back, go over (a thought, topic) repeatedly" (Late Latin also "to restore, repeat, reply") — more at replicate entry 1

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of replica was in 1824

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“Replica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


rep·​li·​ca ˈrep-li-kə How to pronounce replica (audio)
: a close reproduction especially by the maker of the original
: a copy exact in all details : duplicate

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